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April meeting of the Grafton Merrymakers

The April meeting of the Grafton Merrymakers will take place on April 10th at 5:30 pm at the Everett Wager Senior Center, Grafton, NY.
The evening will start with a covered dish at 5:30 pm followed by our monthly meeting at 6:15 pm.

If you are interested in this senior group, or are planning on joining the Merrymakers, please come to our meetings. Any questions, please call Betty Jean at 518-272-8624.


Dunham Hollow-West Stephentown Scholarship available to APCSD resident

The scholarship committee announces the availability of the Dunham Hollow-West Stephentown Scholarship.

The scholarship is in memory of Frank Johnson. It is open to anyone (graduating senior, post graduate, or adult wishing retraining) living within the boundaries of the Averill Park School District and has been accepted to a trade or vocational school.

The deadline for submission of an application is May 22nd. Scholarship applications may be obtained by contacting the Averill Park High School guidance department at 518.674-7025 or by emailing


Town of East Greenbush Seeks Spotlight on Youth Nominations

The Town of East Greenbush Community and Recreation Department is seeking nominations for our Spotlight on Youth Awards for 2019. We are searching for youth ages 11-18 who consistently give back to our community through volunteerism or by continually exhibiting positive character traits such as kindness, citizenship, respect, and responsibility.

If you know of a youth in our community that you would like to nominate, please go to our website for more details and to download a registration form. All nominations must be received no later than May 1st.


Town of North Greenbush looking for Volunteers

The Town of North Greenbush is seeking a Town resident who wishes to volunteer to serve on a committee to make recommendations on a local law governing shared driveways and flag lots. A background in planning, zoning, land use or emergency services is desirable but not required. Please send a statement of interest to Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo


Poestenkill Seniors

Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1pm at the Sullivan-Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by Bingo and cards. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons at various restaurants, informational talks on senior safety and bus trips to casinos, theaters and other points of interest.


Vacancies on the Village of Nassau Zoning Board of Appeals

The Village of Nassau is seeking to fill two (2) vacancies on the Village of Nassau Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). This is a voluntary position; no compensation will be provided.  Only Village of Nassau registered voters are eligible to apply. The Zoning Board meets on an as needed basis and typically meets anywhere between 4-6 times per year.

Responsibilities of the ZBA include decisions related to:

1) Applications for special permits

2) Applications for area or use variances

3) Review of appeals from determinations made by the Code Enforcement


Candidates should be willing to become familiar with and knowledgeable of the following:

* Village of Nassau Codes

* State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

* Other applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations

(Open Meetings Law)

* Hosting public meetings and be comfortable in public speaking

As required by the New York State Department of State, Zoning Board of Appeals members are required to complete four (4) Professional Development Hours per year in order to continue their appointment on the Board.  Cost associated with training is provided for by the Village of Nassau.

Interested candidates please send letter of interest to the Village of Nassau Clerk via email at  <>



Support Future Teachers

Elmer E. Stahlman

Congratulations repeated to the 44 recipients of awards of the Elmer E. Stahlman Scholarship fund. Started in 1996 by the Class of 1955 to honor the first principal of the school district in 1929 to assist graduates of Averill Park High School who pursue education to be teachers.

Recalling as stated by Judy Rowe, former Sand Lake Town Historian, “Elmer E. Stahlman was considered one of the best educators in our area. His caring and encouragement of students to further their education exemplified his dedication.”

She added, “Continuing support depends on you.”

Your support is needed, great or modest, all needed. Thank you for your participation. Donations can be sent to Averill Park High School, 146 Gettle Road, Averill Park, NY 12018. Att: Elmer E. Stahlman Scholarship Fund.

~Nancy W. Davis, Class of 1955, APCSD #1



APHS Class of 1989 30th Year Reunion

Planning is in the works to celebrate our 30th year reunion. August 17th is the tentative date and we are currently looking into possible venues.  An email address has been set up for questions, or to contact the planning committee. For classmates who are not on Facebook, please send an email to: and provide your contact information. For those without access to a computer, you may call or text 518 378-5318. Friends and family of alumni, please spread the word and forward the email address to classmates. We are hoping for a great turnout!


Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline


Do you need help with substance use issues? Are you interested in volunteering for the helpline? The Rensselaer County Recovery Helpline offers information, local resources, and referrals for individuals and their families regarding substance use issues. The toll-free line is available 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Each volunteer chooses shifts of 4 hours at a time to be on-call. When someone calls the number, a volunteer answers on their own smartphone, and can enter information to a database on their own computer, allowing for easy and quick access to resources. The information is sent to one of the 9 leaders, who will then assist the caller. If you or someone you know needs information, resources, or a referral for a substance use problem, call 1-833-467-3123. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact


Supporting Local Charities Has Never Been Easier!

The St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus have teamed up with 6 Center Redemption Center located at 461 Main Street in Wynantskill to accept qualifying bottle and can donations to support local charities and those in need.

Simply bring your clean, qualifying empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill and say they are to support the St Jude Knights of Columbus. They’ll do the rest! That’s it!

Thanks for your support.



FREE Prayer Circle….

The Power of Prayer Can Move Mountains, Work Miracles, Achieve Serenity and Give You Strength.

With Fr. Billy Clark/Denise Tally/Patrick Clark, every Fourth Sunday, 1:00 PM.

Prayer is a universal way for you to connect to your soul and communicate with a higher power. Whether you are new to the ways of prayer or perhaps you pray daily / or you might have prayed as a child but may have gradually lost the habit / or maybe you feel your prayers are never answered.

This group is open to all religions & spiritual backgrounds.

Join us as we explore the power of coming together to Pray for help, guidance, health, healing and answers.

We gather to pray for ourselves/our loved ones/the world.


Information: Denise Tally 518 339-8386.


568 Columbia Turnpike #16 VanDenHouten Square (back entrance), East Greenbush, visit: www.VentureInwardCenter. com.




Capital Dist. Chapter of the Embroider’s Guild of America

Do you enjoy needlework?  Would you like to stitch with others that have similar interests?  Whether you are a beginner or have experience, come join us.  The NY Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America meets in various locations and at various times.  The Day Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Defreetsville.  Evening meetings are offered in two locations:  The Community Room at The Terrace at Beverwyck in Slingerlands from 7p-9p on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and from 6:30p-9p in the Fellowship Hall of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  In addition, there are specialty interest groups that also meet.  For more information, check out our website at or on  Come Join Us!


Poestenkill Youth Summer Camp

Poestenkill Summer Camp will be held July 8th-August 2nd at Poestenkill Elementary School from 9am-4pm.  Each week will be filled with field trips to a variety of locations around the Capital Region including Grafton, Billy Beez, Fun Plex, Liberty Ridge Farm, Valley Cats, Zoom Flume, etc, art projects, STEM challenges, physical activities, water activities and visitors to camp.  Swim lessons will be offered at Grafton. Registration information can be found at

Contact Town Office at 518-283-5100 with any questions. Submitted by: Tiffany Buker, Camp Director, Town of Poestenkill


Spring forward…and join the Nassau Sunshine Fund

Want to help your Nassau neighbors?

Looking for a way to do something important that requires a minimal time commitment?

Spring forward and join us as a board member of the Nassau Sunshine Fund.

For ten years, we’ve been helping our neighbors during times of financial strain by providing no-interest loans (maximum $500). Because we are a local organization, we only accept loan requests from residents of the town and the villages of Nassau. We’ve been doing it for ten years. Interested? Want more information?

Please, contact us at




Beryl Moul Scholarship- Available to apply- Graduating Seniors

The Beryl H. Moul Memorial Grange Scholarship was established in 1958 by West Sand Lake Grange #949 in memory of prominent Grange Member Beryl H. Moul.  Applicants must be graduating high school in 2019, Rensselaer County residents (for at least 4 years), be accepted in an accredited 2 or 4-year college program in New York State and pursuing a career in agriculture, home economics, nursing, natural resource management, environmental engineering or pharmacology.  The application deadline which includes an official High School transcript is May 1st, 2019.  The application and instructions can be found at any Rensselaer County High School Guidance Office or at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County website at under 4-H forms tab.  For questions, please contact the CCE office of Rensselaer County at 518-272-4210.


EGCSD Announces School Budget Meeting Schedule

All members of the community are invited to learn more about East Greenbush Central School District’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year by attending one of the many budget meetings offered this spring.

Superintendent Jeff Simons and Assistant Superintendent for School Business Finance Lawrence Edson Jr. will host 10 budget information sessions as well as a public hearing before the Budget Vote and Board Election on Tuesday, May 21. Please visit to view the meeting schedule.


Wynantskill UFSD- Register Kindergartners Now for 2019-20 School Year

Parents of children who will attend kindergarten at Gardner-Dickinson School in the fall are encouraged to register their children now. Your child must be 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2019 to attend kindergarten in September.

To register, parents are asked to call Ms. Fazioli at 518-283-4600 ext. 10, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Forms and registration information are also available at

Registering your child for kindergarten now will make sure your child is ready to start the school year by ensuring all the necessary paperwork is on file. It also helps Wynantskill UFSD plan for the upcoming school year by providing school officials a better estimate of how many kindergarteners will attend school.


Sheriff Patrick Russo Announces Membership Drive

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Rensselaer County according to Sheriff Patrick Russo.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.

While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.

The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 42nd year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.

“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Sheriff Patrick Russo said. “By becoming an honorary member, you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”

In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit our website, or simply google “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail or visit our web site at: to download an application.


Calendar for Everett Wagar Senior Center

2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton NY

Cindy Mattison, Director 518-279-3413

April 8 – 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Casserole)
1:00 Cards and Games

April 9 – Reiki by Appt
9 – 3:30 AARP Defensive Driving Course (Pre-signup)
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Sausage and Peppers)
1:00 Card and Games

April 10 – 10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Sliced Turkey w Gravy)
12:30 Pot Holder BINGO
1:00 Cards and Games

April 11 – Reiki by Appt
9:30 Aerobic Swimming
9:30 Quilters
12:00 Congregate Lunch (Beef Chop Suey)
1:00 Cards and Games

April 12 – 10:00 Chair Yoga
11:00 Eat Smart Demonstration
12:00 Special Lunch (Potato Crunch Pollock)
12:30 April Birthday Celebration with Trivia
1:30 Cards / Games


Watervliet Senior Center Activities

Watervliet Senior Center -Thursday, April 4- Pool Tournament, anyone can join in! 9:30am- free refreshments and prizes. Call 518-273-4422 or stop by 1501 Broadway, Watervliet.

Monday, April 15- 12:30-Craft Class with Andrea Hughes and Mary Simpson-We will be making a May themed craft!

Wednesday, April 17- 4pm, Monthly Dinner with a special ceremony honoring our volunteers for National Volunteer Month- with entertainer Rob Carson.  Dinner is Easter Ham Dinner. Call 518-273-4422 or stop by 1501 Broadway, Watervliet.

Friday, May 3, Bob Beston’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to benefit SSOW- 3:30-7pm, tickets can be purchased in office, take-outs available. Chinese raffle, 50/50. $12.  Call 518-273-4422 or stop by 1501 Broadway, Watervliet.

Monday-Tuesday, May 6-7-Defensive Driving 9-12 each day.  $20 AARP members, $25 all else. Call 518-273-4422 or stop by 1501 Broadway, Watervliet.


East Side Seniors

Our next meeting will be on April 9th at the American Legion Post in Wynantskill. Meetings start at 1:00, preceded by the pledge to the Flag and a moment of silence. Team 1 will be our host/ hostess for lunch. Helen Nold will be fondly remembered by all of us for all the time and effort she gave to our organization.

We still need Bocce players or subs on Monday at 9:00 at the ICC. Please join in the fun. New members always welcome, hope to see you.



Evergreen Cemetery Assoc. Needs Your Support

As we begin the new year of 2019, we are still in need of your support and help to complete our upcoming projects.

We have repaved as much of the cemetery roads as our budget and your charitable contributions allowed. Still more of the roads need to be paved and we hope to be able to do more landscaping on the bank. The mowing of our lawns has become increasingly more expensive and we are taking applications from local vendors interested in mowing and creative ideas for the landscaping. Anyone who knows of anyone who would have an interest, please let us know.

We are asking again for your help with maintenance needs of our cemetery. If you are interested in volunteering, please come to our annual meeting on April 8, 2019 at the Wynantskill Town Office Building (back entrance). Please come and see why your donations are so important.

There will also be fundraisers throughout the year to help with costs as well, watch for these fundraisers to participate. We have a great golf outing during the summer. We hope you can join us.

Donations to Evergreen Cemetery are appreciated, PO Box 2, Wynantskill, NY 12198.

Thank you, Bonnie Beaulieu, Secretary, 518-283-4304.



Airman Sean M. Daley graduates from basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Sean M. Daley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Daley earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is a 2017 graduate of Rensselaer Jr./Sr. High School, Rensselaer, NY.


Elmwood Cemetery Assoc. of West Sand Lake Special Meeting

Monday, April 8th, at 7:00 PM our annual “start-up” meeting will be held at the nearby Salem United Methodist Church on Shaver Road, West Sand Lake.

Among things to discuss for the coming season:

. Finances – Overview of our income and expense and the fate of our Investments in the uncertain 2018 market.

. Trustee nominations and appointments to fill vacancies of three trustees whose terms have expired.

. Election (or continuance) of Board members for 2019.

. Projects underway and new ones to tackle.

The Volunteer Association needs additional members. Won’t you join us? Come to the meeting and lend an ear…and please consider lending a hand. No cemetery management experience is needed…you just need to care. Questions? You can e-mail Sandra Billings at


Bill…Author of Children’s Books

I first knew Bill
As a carpenter…
General contractor, he was…
Kind of a rough, tough guy;
Played on our softball team
Alongside guys much younger than he.
Genuine nice guy…
Give you the shirt off his back;
Help you anyway he could.
As we grew older…
I lost contact with Bill…
Didn’t know what he was up to.
Then…lo and behold
I stumbled upon one of his books
Written especially for children.
Tried it out on my Grandson…
He loved it!!
Bill, the carpenter is now an Author!!!
Moral here is…
We all have stories to tell,

~Lloyd Barnhart
West Sand Lake


Legislature Opposes NYS Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

The Rensselaer County Legislature has introduced a resolution urging NYS lawmakers to vote down the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act.

This new law would make drastic changes to the farming industry that will lead to much higher labor costs for family farms. In NY, 98% of farms are family owned, small businesses that are the backbone of our communities, and providers of fresh, local dairy, meats, fruits, and vegetables.

The most recent Farm Credit East economic analysis estimates that under the Act, labor costs on farms would increase by nearly $300 million or close to 20%, resulting in a drop in net farm income of 23%. For many sectors, these cost increases will simply not be sustainable. For vegetable growers, according to the Farm Credit East analysis, net farm income would decline by 43%. Fruit growers would face a 74% drop in net income. For greenhouse and nursery operations, income losses would approach 60%.

“Dairy farmers in New York can’t pass on additional costs of production to dairy processors because those prices are set by Federal Milk Marketing Orders which cross state lines where those farmers have much lower labor costs”, said Majority Leader Ken Herrington, owner of the largest dairy in Rensselaer County.

“Imposing collective bargaining, overtime, and mandatory time off, and other changes would dramatically increase labor costs by approximately 17.2% and cause difficulties in scheduling work that is dictated by weather, maintenance of crops, and animal care which could hurt the health of animals and jeopardize seasonal crops”, said Legislator Chuck Peter, a farmer.

“Over the last twenty years, Rensselaer County has lost more than 65% of its family owned dairy farms; and the passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act will likely have a devastating effect on those remaining farms in Rensselaer County that employ hundreds of employees, generate $53 million in sales, and support and preserve 90,000 acres of farmland” said Legislator Jeff Wysocki, a dairy farmer.

The Legislature will vote on this resolution on April 9th.



Blooming Grove Rural Cemetery Annual Meeting

The Blooming Grove Rural Cemetery Association will hold their Annual Meeting of Lot Owners and their families on Tuesday, April 29, 2019, at 7 pm at the Blooming Grove Reformed Church, Defreestville, NY.

For more information, please call Ann-Marie Merrifield at 518-286-3304.

~Submitted by Ruth Potter, Secretary


Brunswick Senior Ways Group

Brunswick Senior Ways Group are going to visit the Amish in PA on June 23rd, 24th & 25th, 2019.

$150 deposit is due at registration. Send payment to Diane Hynes, 2017 Piney Point Rd, Troy, 12180. (518) 279-3589. Cost for dbl. pp/ $379. Includes 2 nights hotel, 2 breakfast, 2 dinners, 1 lunch & the show “Jesus”.


Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis makes donation to Castleton Library

Co-President Pat Wood of Castleton Kiwanis with Melissa Tacke, Library Director of the Castleton Public Library

The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club was pleased to be able to support the Castleton Public Library again this year.  On March 27, 2019, the local Kiwanis Chapter donated a total of $200 to be used toward the summer reading program and general library fund.  The Castleton Public Library offers many classes and events geared toward all ages and is a valuable asset to our community. We are grateful for their involvement in our community and are proud to be able to support them.

One of the ways the Kiwanis are able to generously donate to the community is through their fundraising.  The Castleton Schodack Kiwanis club will be once again hosting their largest fundraiser ever. They will be firing up the grills and selling their famous Chicken BBQ dinners on Sunday, April 14, 2019. All of the money raised stays within our community helping to improve the lives of community members.  The cost of the dinner is $10.00 and includes chicken, baked potato and coleslaw.  Dinners can be picked up from 12:00 noon until 4:00PM at the Castleton Fire Company located on Green Ave. in Castleton. To pre-order your dinner, or for more information, call 518-732- 4228. Walk-ins are also welcome, but it is first-come, first-served.  Like Sweets?  The Maple Hill High School Key Club will also be holding a bake sale on this date. Make sure to save some room for a sweet treat.

Are you interested in joining the Kiwanis and making a difference in our community?  Community members are always welcome to attend our meetings to see what we are all about.  Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at the Schodack Diner located on the corner of Rte 9 and Rte 20.  We would love to see you!



National Volunteer Week

The Fresh Air Fund looks forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week, which is from April 7th to April 13th this year. It is an opportunity to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our inspiring volunteers, hosts and supporters in the Albany Area.

The Fresh Air Fund’s programs would not be possible without the commitment of our dedicated volunteers, many of whom are also host families, who serve on committees, interview prospective host families, publicize the program and plan summer activities. Additionally, individuals and local businesses give generously of their time and resources to make The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program a great success throughout the Albany Area each summer.

As we hear from alumni and connect with long standing host families, we continue to learn how Fresh Air Fund summers have impacted lives – and continue to transform lives many years later. We have learned that a summer can last a lifetime.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. First time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 12 years old, who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Tenniel Hansen, at or visit

Fatima Shama
Executive Director
The Fresh Air Fund


Hillside Cemetery Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Hillside Cemetery in Poestenkill, New York will be held on April 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Poestenkill Christian Church.  All are welcome to attend this meeting.


Thrift Shop

Ever-evolving, ever-improving, the Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. The shop features clothing for babies through adults, shoes, jewelry, games, puzzles, greeting cards, household items, knick-knacks, Avon collectibles, PROM DRESSES and ACCESSORIES. Come in this month for Easter baskets and decorations. We will be open on Thursday, April 4th, from 3 to 6; and on Saturday, April 6th, from 9 to 2.

The shop, located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer, is on CDTA bus route #214.

Enter through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side and be amazed.


Town of East Greenbush Hydrant/Water Main Flushing Schedule April 2019

General Water District

MON, APRIL 22 – 3rd Ave Ext. and all streets off it; Deer Run Development, Birchwood Development, Flora Circle, Oriel Lane and August Gate Development.

TUE, APRIL 23 – Route 4 (Troy Rd) and all streets off it; Thompson Hill Rd. Rd., Tech Valley Dr., Paul and Glaz St., Old Red Mill Rd., Red Mill Estates, Upper Area of Hampton Manor / Eastern Ave to Summit Ave Luther Rd., Donna Lynn, Columbia Dr., Old Troy Road ending at Iroquois Pl.

WED, APRIL 24 – All streets on north side of 9/20 between Elliot Rd and Schodack Town Line; Albany Pl., Tamarack Ln., Greenwood Dr., Electric Ave., Horizonview Dr., Includes Huntswood Est.

THURS, APRIL 25 – All streets on south side of 9/20 from Schodack Town Line; Middlesex, Van Buren, Bloomingdale, Hays Rd., Taylor Estates, Kriss Krossing, Short end of Phillips Rd., Gilligan Rd., Ternan Ave. Sherwood Park, Woodland Park, Forest Point

FRI, APRIL 26 – 9/20 and Barber Dr. Celeste Dr. Ridge Rd / Prospect Hghts., Sherwood Ave / Clinton Park Lower Area of Hampton Manor below Summit Ave including Lakeview Ave. to Rensselaer City Line.

Flushing will begin at 8:00 am. During flushing, water pressure will be reduced. Water may become dis-colored due to iron and manganese deposits in the mains. Residents should limit their use of water for cooking and laundering during flushing in their areas.

Thank you for your cooperation.
East Greenbush Water Department
(518) 477-9367


Lifesaving Smoke Alarm Law Takes Effect

(NEW YORK) – On April 1, a new lifesaving law went into effect that bans the sale of smoke alarms with removeable batteries within New York State. This law passed and was signed in 2015 with the universal support of New York’s fire service, and its implementation will save lives. According to the US Fire Administration, as of March 27 New York leads the nation in civilian fire deaths for 2019, outpacing the more populous states of California, Texas, and Florida.

Under the new law, the only battery-powered smoke alarms permitted to be sold in New York are those equipped with sealed-in, non-removeable batteries capable of powering the device for at least 10 years. Once installed, these alarms are virtually impossible to disable. They are widely available from a variety of manufacturers, and are reliable, tested, and proven appliances.

The passage and implementation of this law is of vital importance to public safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.

“The implementation of this legislation will save lives,” said FASNY President Steven E. Klein. “Far too many people are injured or killed in home fires, and too many these tragedies can be traced back to a lack of working smoke alarms. The passage of this law would not have been possible without the leadership of the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo. FASNY calls on all New Yorkers to replace any alarms with removeable batteries with newer models that last for 10 years. Forgetting to replace or change a battery should not result in death.”



Land Trust Spring Bottle Drive

Return your bottles and cans and help the Schodack Area Land Trust (SALT).

Through an arrangement with Six-Cent Redemption, behind Starbucks in Hannaford Plaza, SALT will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say, “These are for SALT.” No need to wait or feed cans into a machine.

SALT is a 13-year-old not-for-profit which manages 60 acres of land open to the public for passive recreation. Access to the property is from Thoroughbred Dr. off Palmer Rd. SALT’s biggest expense is insurance.



DEC and Ag & Mkts. Announce Sixth Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week July 7-13

The State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets announced that New York State’s sixth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held July 7-13. Initiated in 2014, ISAW is an educational campaign featuring statewide events that encourage New Yorkers to help protect the state’s resources from the negative impacts of invasive species. Planning is already underway, and this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.”

“Invasive species can cause serious damage to our farms and crops,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “Public education, awareness and vigilance are key components to preventing the establishment and spread of invasive species in New York State. These events help inform the public and encourage people to watch for, and report, these pests.”
The “Early Detection” theme is meant to shine a spotlight on the importance of detecting infestations of invasive species early, which increases the success of response efforts. Spotted lanternfly, oak wilt and hydrilla are just a few of the emerging invasives that could or are beginning to have significant impacts in New York. The theme will also help to highlight the soon to be released iMapInvasives 3.0, a revamped version of the New York invasive species database that will have a more user-friendly, mobile-responsive map display.
Organizations interested in hosting an event should visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website (leaves DEC website) for more information. All types of programming and events are encouraged, including removal projects, science trainings, film screenings, and more.

Any interested partners should provide their local PRISM coordinator with information about their events by Monday, June 24, to ensure they can be added to the statewide list. To learn more about ISAW, visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website (leaves DEC website). To learn more about iMapInvasives and to sign up for a training near you, visit the New York iMapInvasives website (leaves DEC website).


Area students named to Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College

PAUL SMITHS, NY — The following students were named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College during the fall 2018 semester. Each earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Katelyn Aupperle of East Greenbush, majoring in Baking Arts and Service Management.

Amanda Kern of Poestenkill, majoring in Baking Arts and Service Management.

Anna Mehner of Troy, majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences.

Kyle Pasanen of Troy, majoring in Ecological Restoration.

Jesse Rock of Mechanicville, majoring in Ecological Restoration.



Elizabeth DeRubertis of Rensselaer interns at SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO, NY — Elizabeth A. DeRubertis of Rensselaer took part in a campus internship in spring 2019 through SUNY Oswego’s Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning (EXCEL). A senior majoring in wellness management, DeRubertis interned with the SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services.

EXCEL at Oswego places students in internships and career awareness opportunities that allow them to earn college credits while garnering valuable life experience.

During the last year, more than a thousand Oswego students took part in experiential learning while working at hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies and government offices and on campus in dozens of departments and programs — not counting the hundreds of student teachers working in area schools.



Scholarships for high school seniors

The Rensselaer Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 2073 is pleased to announce Applications are now available for the 2019 Jack Stewart/Ann Collins Memorial Scholarships. if you are a senior at Maple Hill, Averill Park, Rensselaer or Columbia High School, please see your guidance counselor for details. Applications are due back to guidance counselors by May 15, 2019. One boy and one girl from each high school will be awarded a scholarship in June.



Worcester Polytechnic Institute Students Return from Intensive Research Projects

WORCESTER, MA — The following local residents were among students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who recently completed intense, hands-on research projects.

Hunter Kortz of East Greenbush, N.Y., a member of the class of 2020 majoring in chemical engineering, was a member of a student team that completed a project through the WPI project center in Morocco. The project was titled Biodiversity Park.

Jeremy Lopez of East Schodack, N.Y., a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering, was a member of a student team that completed a project through the WPI project center in Costa Rica. The project was titled Emergency Water Treatment Plan.

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s 50-plus off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate.



Cropseyville Resident Colin Claus Returns from Intensive Research Project

WORCESTER, MA — Colin Claus of Cropseyville, N.Y, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in civil engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in Massachusetts. The project was titled Park Avenue Redesign. In their project summary, the students wrote, “This project, on behalf of Stantec, Inc., aimed to redesign a section of Park Avenue in Worcester, MA with the goal of improving safety, efficiency, accessibility, and appearance.”

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project addressing a challenge in their major field of study. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s more than 50 off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate.

“The WPI project-based curriculum brings students out of the classroom and into the real world to apply their knowledge to solve problems,” said Professor Kent Rissmiller, interim dean of the WPI Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division.


Rebecca May Inducted into The Honor Soc. of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA — Rebecca May of Mechanicville, New York, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. May is pursuing a degree in Public Health at The University of Tampa.

May is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.


News from Averill Park CSD

The Algonquin Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team placed second at the New York State competition and advances to Odyssey Worlds. The team will be competing at Michigan State University over Memorial Day weekend. Way to go everyone!

Kadi Palmer is involved in a wide range of community service projects and was interviewed by Bob Kovachick to be on WTEN’s 13 Kids Who Care. We are very proud of Kadi and the selfless work she is doing!

Students will have their artwork displayed in the 20th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition. This is a great honor! Congratulations to Anita Reitano, Olivia Bonesteel, Lauren Harland, Isabella McClave, Alex Heap, Taylor Liberty and Karissa Dell.

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook and Twitter.

~Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent



Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Available

Wynantskill UFSD would like to inform our community that information and applications for the Free and Reduced- Price Lunch Program are available on the district website,, or by calling Food Services Director Lori Audi at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

The National School Lunch Program is a completely confidential program that has helped ensure children have access to nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches since 1946.



Celebrate National Arbor Day by Planting Trees

Receive 10 Free Shade Trees by Joining the Arbor Day Foundation

National Arbor Day is Friday, April 26, this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees.

By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple.

The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors throughout the fall,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Through the simple act of planting trees, one person can make a difference in helping to create a healthier and more beautiful planet for all of us to enjoy.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, visit or send a $10 contribution by April 30 to:

Arbor Day Foundation
Ten Free Shade Trees
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410

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